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Project Manager: perspectives and impact on project management
We live in a fast-paced environment where everything is pervaded by a constant transformation and change is the only common value. The number of organizations which are using Project Management procedures are increasing together with the spreading of tools and methods developed to help project managers and their teams to accomplish successfully their projects.
We have tried to identify the key trends in Project Management and their impact on the profession of the Project Manager, Programme and Portfolio Manager (PPM).
Having a strategic vision is pivotal
Project Managers are experiencing the need of having a strategic vision and this need will increase more and more. This means PMs will still need to deliver on time, on budget, within scope, but they will need to acquire that strategic vision which is essential for the full realization of the project and of the expected outcomes. As emerged from the reports: “Project managers recognize that organizations will demand greater strategic vision and business awareness and as such will need to develop broader strategic skills to fulfil this need.”
Differently from the past, nowadays PMs are involved in the planning of the overall project strategy and they take directly part to all the project stages. The trend for the next years is that the strategic involvement will increase significantly and it will lead to a higher level of responsibility for the whole project: Project Managers will be responsible of the identification of the project to keep an eye on the overall organization objectives. Projects considered not strategic will be abandoned for the ones that serve the organization objectives the most.
“90% of project managers agree that they need a much stronger strategic vision that aligns with the goals of the business.”
Consequently, Project Managers have to enlarge their skills in order to include strategic and commercial competences such as the commercial analysis, change management and people management .
Change Management as an asset
Project Management will become more and more a basic business skill: every aspect of our roles can be considered in terms of project managing and delivering.
“Project Management will be used widely by individuals across the whole organization and will be seen as a valuable business skill. This democratization of Project Management will only enhance the value of Project Managers, setting them apart as professionals as they evolve their roles to be more strategic and affect change within the business.”
Acquisition of Agiles Methodologies
Past years have been characterized by the trend towards the adoption of Agile methodologies and this trend will increase during next years. Agile methodologies are recognized to fit the most the ever-changing business environment of the modern era and this has an impact also on Project Management.
“89% of project managers agree on the need of having more creativity and flexibility in Project Management”.
Working agile allows Project Managers to satisfy organization needs, needs which are in constant evolution and requires flexible, efficient and fast answers to the project execution. Real time information is getting more and more important with the consequence of making business scheduling redundant. Working Agile allows a continuous improvement on the product/service also after the launch. This means that the initial version doesn’t need perfection: the result is a decreasing of pressure during the launching phase and an acceleration in product development.
The identified trends underline the strategic importance of the Project Manager role for the success of the entire organization. Their ability to deal with and enact change will make of Project Management a unique and indispensable profession. Project Managers will be required to develop strategic competencies and skills in business analysis, change management, organizational diplomacy, leadership and communication (both internal and external).
Getting organization more and more involved with new technologies, Agile methodologies will continue to influence Project Management professionals requiring them to be more flexible and creative.
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QRP facilitates change for better results
QRP International helps organizations and professionals in developing their competences and in the implementation of Best Practices thanks to its tailor-made offer of Training, Certification and Consultancy in Project Management.
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« Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027 », PMI
QRP International has a core purpose: “Developing professionals to facilitate change“. We believe in change as a tool for growth and improvement, not only professionally, but also in our society. This is the reason why every year we choose to support a cause. This year we chose to support Hope and Homes for Children.
Over 8 million of children worldwide live in orphanages or other forms of institutional care. Hope and Homes for Children has a mission: to be the catalyst for the global elimination of institutional care of children and ensure that all children can grow up in lovely and safe families.
Hope and Homes for Children is working in over 30 countries to dismantle orphanage-based care systems and to find safe and loving families for children who live in orphanages. They’re also working with governments to tackle the root causes of family breakdown, and to prevent family separation. Indeed, the 80% of children confined to orphanages are not orphans: they have at least one living parent or relative but are abandoned because of poverty, disability or discrimination. With the right support, these children can join loving foster families or, if they are old enough, they can be supported to live independently.
The mission could seem impossible but it is not: since 1994, Hope and Homes for Children have transformed the lives of thousands of children by closing 109 orphanages across 9 countries.
QRP International decided to support the organization with a donation that will enable 3 vulnerable children, currently held in bleak orphanages, to start a new and better life with their birth family or with a foster family. Because all children need to live in a safe and stable environment to grow and develop their potential.
Visit their website to know their mission, stories and beautiful achievements: Hope and Homes for Children
Just few days left for the launching of the new ITIL version, ITIL 4: the Foundation module of the new certification scheme will be available from the 28 of February.
The update involved more than 2000 professionals with the aim of developing a framework which is agile and easy to apply. The ITIL version 4 framework provides a comprehensive, practical and proven guidance expanding itself to the wider context of customer experience, value streams and digital transformation, as well as embracing new ways of working as Lean, Agile and DevOps.
The framework has been developed to guarantee a flexible, coordinated and integrated system for the effective IT services governance and management
New ITIL 4 Foundation courses
ITIL 4 Foundation will be the first module to be launched; the release of the further modules is scheduled for Q2 2019. Currently, the updated ITIL version is available only in English and as for the ITIL v3 scheme, the achievement of the ITIL Foundation module is a prerequisite to have access to the further modules.
From February, 28, all the ITIL Foundation trainings in Engish published in the QRP 2019 classroom course calendar are updated to ITIL 4 version. The courses and course material are in English. Here the first dates of the ITIL 4 Foundation course in Luxembourg:
- 11-12-13 March
- 1-2-3 July
- 18-19-20 November
To know all the available dates and to discover the course objectives, click the link: ITIL 4 Foundation course
ITIL 4 webinar
The update to the ITIL 4 version brings changes to the entire ITIL framework. In order to let you know all the news of ITIL 4 and the differences with the previous ITIL v3 version, we have prepared a webinar about the ITIL update. Our ITIL trainer, Kaïs Albassir, will explain how the update will impact the ITIL framework and will clarify all the likely doubts. The free webinar From ITIL v3 to ITIL 4: everything you need to know about the update takes place on March, 12. At the end of the webinar there will be an Q&A session with the trainer but if you miss the event, you will receive an email with the link to watch the registration of the webinar.
The ITIL® Best Practice framework is widely recognized to be the most enabled IT best practice which provides a common language and tools that power collaboration within IT teams, to deliver value across the business. Axelos, with the collaboration of field expert, decided to move a step forword to adapt the ITIL framework to the new IT business challenges. ITIL 4®, will be launched in 2019 and it will help businesses navigate the new technological era, commonly known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. .
The ITIL version 4 framework is built on established ITSM practices and expands itself to the wider context of customer experience, value streams and digital transformation, as well as embracing new ways of working, such as Lean, Agile, and DevOps.
ITIL continues to support organizations and individuals to gain optimal value from IT and digital services but it needs to allow firms to keep pace with an ever faster and complex business environment which requires them to be agile and ready to changes.
ITIL 4 – How it has been developed?
AXELOS has engaged a diverse range of people in the development of ITIL 4 assembling a Global ITIL Development Group, which is made up of over 2,000 professionals.
ITIL V4 Certification path – what is new
- ITIL will continue to have an holistic aproach and is still composed in different levels based on distinct aspects of teh ITIL best practice;
- The levels Practitioner, Intermediate (ITIL® Service Lifecycle e ITIL® Service Capability) e ITIL® Managing Across Lifecycle will be replaced by new simplified modules;
- The level ITIL Expert will be delated.
ITIL V4 Foundation will be launched on 28 February, 2019, the other modules in Q2 2019.
We have organized a free webinar focalised on the update, our trainer Kaïs Albassir will explain all the changes between ITIL v3 and ITIL 4. The webinar is scheduled for March, 12 at 12:30. Save the date and subscribe by following the link: webinar “From ITIL v3 to ITIL 4: everything you need to know about the update”.
What about your already achieved ITIL v3 credits and modules? Is there a transition module? We have collected all the most common questions answered for you by Axelos, download the article and get free of doubts!
Agile’s influence on the project management industry continues to rise at pace. More organizations and project professionals than ever are embracing Agile tools and frameworks as they aim to increase the success of – and return on investment from – projects and other change initiatives.
Since its introduction in 2010, AgilePM has fast established itself as the leading framework and certification for agile project management.
Published by the Agile Business Consortium, AgilePM guidance offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile. It offers a structured and scalable corporate Agile framework based on proven practice.
But why has AgilePM proven so popular? Here are some of the key features that contribute to its success.
- A tried and tested corporate approach: AgilePM is essentially a project manager’s subset of the Agile Business Consortium’s wider Agile Project Framework. The framework – established for over 20 years and regularly refreshed – provides governance and rigour along with the agility and flexibility demanded by organizations today.
- Addresses the full project lifecycle (beyond product development): AgilePM offers a mature Agile approach that, whilst offering agility and flexibility, retains the concepts of a project, project delivery and project management. It goes beyond the realm of Agile product development approaches such as Scrum.
- Quality & governance controls: One of AgilePM’s underlying principles is Never Compromise Quality. In an AgilePM project, high-level acceptance criteria is agreed at various stages throughout the project lifecycle, from initial requirements at the feasibility stage, to objectives for each stage of product/solution development.
- Risk management: AgilePM provides practical ideas for managing risk, directly addressing many of the common risks associated with projects. The Project Approach Questionnaire provides an effective starting point for creating a clear, shared understanding of project risks and their mitigation.
- Clear roles & responsibilities: People working together effectively is the foundation of any successful project. AgilePM recognizes this and assigns clear roles and responsibilities to each person in a project, representing business, solution/technical, management and process interests.
- Popular agile practices incorporated: AgilePM incorporates and encourages a range of popular agile practices to support effective product and solution development, including MoSCoW Prioritisation, Timeboxing and Iterative Development.
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